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Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project
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Bichachi, Israel

Havana-born, Sephardic Jewish activist who joined a group of Cuban Jews to fight for Israel's independence. Upon returning to Cuba, he left as an exile in 1961, living in Israel and New York before settling in Miami and opening the clothing s...

Cabell, Nestor

Playwright and producer known for his productions of teatro bufo cubano in Miami and has kept his sala teatro open in Calle Ocho for over a quarter of a century. He is also a distinguished actor with a career in Hispanic radio in the US and a freq...

Candela, Hilario

Cuban-born architect who was influential in developing Miami’s modern look. At the age of 26, he designed Marine Stadium, which was constructed in 1963 on Virginia Key, Florida.

Cao M.D., Andrés

Cuban physician and former member of the Movimiento de Recuperación Revolucionaria (MRR), a Cuban counterrevolutionary group. Dr. Cao was arrested and condemned to 20 years in prison as a political prisoner.  He is the author of La verdadera Repub...

Cárdenas, Isidro

Cao, interviewed with Neida Revuelta,are the husband and wife Cuban folksingers best known for their Spanish-language radio program with La Poderosa station in Miami.

Castillo, Siro del

A human rights advocate and community leader on immigrant issues, del Castillo worked as an architectural designer for Cuba's National Institute of Tourism and left the island in 1972. During the Mariel boatlift, del Castillo assumed a variet...

Chirino, Willy

Renowned Cuban-American salsa singer and music producer. Chirino has recorded over 20 albums since 1974, winning a Grammy in 2006 for Best Salsa/Merenge Album.

Clark, Juan M.

Well-known sociologist, and professor emeritus at Miami Dade College. A Bay of Pigs veteran and former political prisoner, Dr. Clark is the author, among other works, of Cuba, mito y realidad (Saeta Ediciones, 1992).

Conte Agüero, Luis

Journalist and political figure in pre-Castro Cuba’s Ortodoxo party. School friend of Fidel Castro and his first biographer.  Anti-Castro exile leader. 

Cruz Varela, María Elena

Cuban poet, activist, and political prisoner. Cruz Varela led a group of anti-Castro dissidents called Critico Alternativo, which published a manifesto of grievances and reforms against the government in 1991. She was awarded the Liberal Institute...

Diaz Espinosa, Maribel

Daughter of renowned Cuban pianist and music instructor Conchita Espinosa. Conchita founded music academies in Cuba and the United States, receiving numerous awards as a distinguished educator. Maribel currently runs her late mother's school,...

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln

Retired Republican U.S. Congressman from Florida who served in the Florida State House of Representatives from 1987 to 1989, the Florida Senate from 1989 to 1992, and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2011.

Dúran, Alfredo

Bay of Pigs veteran who chaired the Florida Democratic Party from 1976 to 1980.  By appointment by Florida governor Reubin Askew in 1973, he was the first Hispanic to serve on the Miami-Dade County School Board. A former president of the Veteran’s...

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